Ashley Judd addresses 'puffy face' criticism
Ashley Judd has recently been in the news for "looking puffy" and has really stepped up to the criticism in a productive way. She wrote an essay for The Daily Beast and has also appeared on several talk shows to discuss the issue.
"I choose to address it because the conversation was pointedly nasty, gendered, and misogynistic and embodies what all girls and women in our culture, to a greater or lesser degree, endure every day, in ways both outrageous and subtle," she wrote in the letter.
She explains that the change in her appearance was due to some weight gain and allergy medication, but explanations aren't really her point. I especially like how she talked about how when she appeared on television not looking what the media perceived as her best "there was no presumption of good will" and that it went straight to plastic surgery rumors. She points out the incongruency of the fact that when she looks bad people say she's had work, and when she looks good people say she's had work.
"I was just a surrogate for this particular series of unbelievably sexist and nasty criticisms ... highlighting what we all go through."